Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education and Director, Museum Education Program – Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University, DC

Department of Educational Leadership (Tenure Track, Academic Year Appointment)


Tenure-accruing, Assistant/Associate Professor of Museum Education and director of the Museum Education Program. As director, the successful candidate will be the chiefrepresentative of—and spokesperson for—the Museum Education Program within the Department of Educational Leadership, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and the University as a whole, as well as beyond the University. This position will begin in Fall 2023.

Position Description Summary:

The Museum Education Program, founded in 1974, was the first graduate program focused onpreparing professionals for advancing the museum’s primary mission as an educationalinstitution serving the broadest possible public. Graduates hold leadership positions in art,history, and science museums; botanic gardens, aquariums, and zoos; historic houses, parks,and cultural sites; as well as professional associations, government agencies, and academicinstitutions. With a thriving national and international network of alumni and strong ties withmuseums locally and across the country, the Museum Education Program is recognized as asource of professional excellence, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of museums as learning environments that foster a civil society and promote justice.

The project-based curriculum emphasizes transferable competencies and informed decision-making,withclassroominstructioncloselytiedtopracticethroughpartnershipswithmuseumsand field placements. Students progress as a cohort through four semesters, with seven corecourses and two electives, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching. While in anacademic setting, the Museum Education Program emulates the profession in creating acommunity of practice infused with the principles of collaboration through which individualstudents’ learning is multiplied by their classmates’ learning. Outcomes for every project, eachcourse, and the entire degree program are clearly articulated. Students emerge as reflective practitioners, with a commitment to contributing to the field as active change agents.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to

Provide visionary leadership for the Museum Education Program as a progressive force in advancing justice through museums

Contribute to museum education scholarship

Take an active role on the national/international level as a pioneering thought-leader

Teach graduate courses, organize field placements, advise degree candidates, recruit students, and support alumni relationships

Initiate and nurture partnerships with museums and practitioners

Manage four endowments and oversee financial matters

Participate in Department, School, and University service, in accord with GW’s standards of shared governance.


All applicants must have:

1.    An earned doctorate by date of appointment in an appropriate discipline in the arts, humanities, or sciences

2.     A demonstrated record of or potential for contributions to museum education scholarship

3.    A demonstrated ability for providing meaningful learning opportunities for reflective museum practitioners via frontline experience through more advanced responsibility

4.    Evidence of substantial knowledge of museum history ethics, standards, policies, and best practices

5.     A demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion via leadership and other efforts in fulfilling the museum’s responsibility to advance justice

How to apply. Applications should be submitted online ( must include:

·     Cover letter that indicates how your background and experiences specifically match with each of the five Basic Qualifications, 

·      Current curriculum vitae

·     Two samples of scholarly contributions and/or material artifacts reflective of your professional activism (e.g., podcast transcripts, reports, curriculum, etc.)

·     Complete contact information for at least three references (name, position, relationship, phone number[s], and email)

Rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Compensation commensurate with experience Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The university does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of

race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

Additional Information: For additional information about the application process, please contact Meg Holland, at

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